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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

30 Ideas for Glamping Your Camping

I've been enjoying Travel Time Tuesday so much and have been posting so much content (twice a week lately) that I decided to move all of it to it's own blog.  The recipe blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

Click on the picture to go to the road trip recipes post.



Saturday, May 27, 2017

f is for frogs (year 3, week 31)

f is for frogs!  Homeschool Theme Unit  #montessori
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This was our last official week of Mommy School, but we didn't actually do anything related to our theme.  So, here's what we did and a bunch of ideas for a frog-themed homeschool week.


f is for frogs!  Homeschool Theme Unit  #montessoriWhen we arrived home, our yard was filled with dandelion poofs.  I sent Tadpole out in the yard with a pair of children's (blunt) scissors to cut their heads off.  He happily attacked them, sometimes recklessly and sometimes with more concentration.  When he got tried of that game, he

I spent most of the week blogging and putting things back together.  The kids spent it playing and napping.  They're so excited to be home where they can go outside whenever they'd like and can yell and stomp in the house if they want (not in a hotel anymore).  We also reflected on our trip and talked about what we wanted to learn more about from the things we saw.








f is for frogs!  Homeschool Theme Unit  #montessoriBlog Posts About Frogs
- Lily Pad Skip Counting Gross Motor Skills Activity
- e is for eggs (year 2)
- tree frogs (summer theme)

Printables
metamorphosis games (frog and butterfly)
counting frogs
what hatches from an egg
tadpole to frog science notebook pages
butterfly lapbook
parts of a frog 3-part cards
frog toob printables
fly counting cards
life cycle of a frog 3-part cards
hungry caterpillar preschool pack


f is for frogs!  Homeschool Theme Unit  #montessori
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Ideas
croaking frog
frog life cycle video
feed the frog with tweezers
butterfly sensory bin
no sew caterpillar that turns into a butterfly


Videos
- life cycle of a frog
- all about amphibians



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Family Friendly Attractions- Oregon Coast

I've been enjoying Travel Time Tuesday so much and have been posting so much content (twice a week lately) that I decided to move all of it to it's own blog.  The Oregon Coast blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.  Click on the Picture to visit the post.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DIY Travel Sensory Toys

I've been enjoying Travel Time Tuesday so much and have been posting so much content (twice a week lately) that I decided to move all of it to it's own blog.  The recipe blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

Click on the picture to go to the road trip recipes post.




Monday, May 22, 2017

Antarctica 3-part Cards

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Safari Ltd has released the Antarctic Animals toob this year.  This toob has a lot more variety than the penguins toob and includes birds, pinnipeds, and whales.  The animals will be great for sorting between land, sky, and water, sorting by type, and practicing reading (traditional 3-part cards use).  As with every toob, the figurines make great sensory bin toys and can be played with in wet, dry, or messy materials.


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

j is for jumping spiders (year 3, week 30)

J is for Jumping Spider Homeschool Unit from In Our Pond
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This was a short, strange week, because of our beach vacation, but we were able to squeeze in a bit of #howisafari spider fun.  The Hidden Kingdom Black Widow Spider was so detailed that we were able to use it to learn the parts of the spider.  The kids loved pointing out the spinnerets and counting the legs.  We watched a very interesting video about spiders called "Science Time" (linked below).  We hardly touched on spiders at all, so I'm sure we'll have to come back to them soon.









J is for Jumping Spider Homeschool Unit from In Our Pond
The week began with Mother's Day.  Dragonfly (age 5) painted this flower pot for Grandma.  She picked the colors and mixed the blue with white to get a lighter shade.  Then, we added the kids thumbprints to the pot to make flowers.  Each kid had their own color.  I painted the grass and stems on.  We got to hand-deliver this present on our road trip.


J is for Jumping Spider Homeschool Unit from In Our Pond
I had brought the carseats into the house as part of our pre-trip preparations.  The kids loved the novelty of having the seats outside of the car.  They spent a lot of the week sitting in them and pretending to be on the road trip.  Skimmer has been struggling with learning to buckle his seat, but he learned how this week (Montessori practical skills!).  They played for hours together while sitting in their seats.













J is for Jumping Spider Homeschool Unit from In Our Pond
Printables
- spider 10-frames
- Montessori 3-part cards
- spider chart
- parts of a spider worksheet
- spider notebook
- spider book


Ideas
- spider sensory bin
- wrapping bugs in spider webs
- spider web fine motor skills activity
- building spider webs
- spider play dough
- giant spider web


Videos
- Science Time for Kids: Spiders


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Moana Alphabet Flashcards

I've been enjoying Travel Time Tuesday so much and have been posting so much content that I decided to move all of it to its own blog.  The Moana Flash Cards blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

Click on the picture to go to the Moana post.



Saturday, May 13, 2017

i is for insects (year 3, week 29)

i is for insects homeschool unit from In Our Pond
We took a vote and the insect that the kids wanted to focus on this week was bees!  I love bees and they inspire me to do lots of free printables.  All week, I've been posting new themed ones.  You can find them here:

Monday- Teen Numbers Board
Tuesday- Travel Time Tuesday
Wednesday- Life Cycle Cards
Thursday- Hive Moveable Alphabet
Friday- Counting and Addition Cards






Monday
i is for insects homeschool unit from In Our PondIt was beautiful today, so we went to the park.  It was our first visit of the year, and it was fun to watch how they've grown over the summer.  Skimmer (age 4.5) climbed all the way to the top of the play structure without help.  Then, he got himself back down without getting hurt, an even greater feat.  He also did about half of the monkey bars (with a spotter).




i is for insects homeschool unit from In Our Pond
Tadpole did very well at the playground as well.  He kept wanting to be barefoot and coming to me to get his shoes off.  Then, he'd play awhile before returning for his shoes.  I think we'll get a lot braver and more independent over this year.

i is for insects homeschool unit from In Our Pond
Dragonfly seemed to look at the playground in a new way.  She loves to swing from her hands, so she spent a lot of time running around and swinging from different things.  She wants to go back to the playground every day.




Tuesday
We read about honeybees today and learned about pollination.  We used bananas to pretend to be bees, dipping them in honey to simulate the sticky hairs bees have on their bodies.  Then, we stuck our banana-bees into different toppings, going from "flower to flower" and pretending to collect pollen.  After everyone had had a turn, we noticed that the bowls of toppings had gotten mixed.  We talked about how the bees drop a little bit of pollen as they go from flower to flower and pollinate them.  When we were all done with our snack, the table was covered in toppings, which we said was like the pollen that bees drop as they fly back to their hive.


Wednesday
AWANA day!  It was our last one of the year!

Thursday
We read another bee book and did our bee counters (printable at the top of this post).  We used buttons as counters.  I was impressed how quickly Dragonfly did her math facts.  She's come a long way this year.

i is for insects homeschool unit from In Our Pond

The kids played outside a lot this week.  I love this picture of the kids that my husband took.  This is an old mole hole that the kids have turned into a digging pit slash bug investigation area.  It's one of their favorite places to play.

i is for insects homeschool unit from In Our Pond



i is for insects homeschool unit from In Our Pond
Bee Blog Posts
- i is for insects (year 2)
- g is for grasshopper (year 1)
i is for insects homeschool unit from In Our Pond- Here is the Beehive: Counting by 10s
- hexagon worksheet
- Bees like Bs letter ID game
- pollen transfer folder game


Printables
- types of bees
- parts of a bee 3-part cards
- bee species 3-part cards
- bee life cycle
- felt bee pattern
- bumblebee addition
- bee life cycle poster
- hive addition


Ideas
- pollen transfer activity
- bee sensory bin
- bee button counters
- parts of a bee


Videos
- city of bees
- what happens when bees die

Recommendations

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bee Math

FREE Bee Math Cards from In Our Pond
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This is my last set of printables for bee week!  There is one set of larger bee counting cards, one set of larger bee addition cards (facts to 10), and smaller sets of both.  We used bee buttons as counters, but this would also be a great activity for Safari's Good Luck Mini bees.


Free Printables:
Large Bee Counting Cards

Large Bee Addition Cards

Small Bee Counting and Addition Cards




























Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hive Movable Alphabet

Continuing my Bee themed printables for the week, here is a hive shaped movable alphabet.  Enjoy!

FREE Bee Movable Alphabet + Spelling Cards

As I was putting the bee materials together for this week of Mommy School, I decided that we also needed some spelling cards.  These words use only one set of "bee" letters and spell the basic concepts related to honey bees.  There are seven cards total, ranging from four to five letters each.  Each card is also accompanied by a picture for clarification.  Happy spelling!

FREE Bee Movable Alphabet + Spelling Cards
FREE Bee Movable Alphabet + Spelling Cards
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Honey Bee Life Cycle 3-Part Cards

FREE Bee Life Cycle Card with Real Images from In Our Pond
There are many, many bee life cycle cards on the internet, but I never ran across one that used real pictures.  When I came across these amazing pictures on Commons Wikimedia, I knew I had to add a set of life cycle 3-part cards to my bee week printables.

These life cycle cards pair perfectly with the Safari Ltd Bee Set.  We have loved the set for a few years, but the figurines took on new meaning this year when we added these cards.

I also recommend adding a few bee life cycle books like this one or a food chain book like this one.  The Life and Times of the Honey Bee is a fun read, too.

FREE Bee Life Cycle Card with Real Images

Random Honey Bee Fact:
Bees gather nectar from flowers and bring it back to the hive.  There, other bees fan the nectar with their wings and dehydrate it.  Dehydrated nectar called honey, is antibacterial and can be stored for years.
FREE Bee Life Cycle Card with Real Images